Virtuous Work

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We talk a lot about being able to do “work that matters.” Externally, this is shown through the millions of people whose lives have been changed by Financial Peace University, The Dave Ramsey Show, or one of our amazing resources like EntreLeadership and SmartDollar. It’s inspiring to hear stories of people changing their family trees for generations to come by doing the hard and diligent work of paying off their debt and living a life of financial peace.

But what does this mean internally? How do we apply “work that matters” and “develop with purpose” to our culture? In my time at Ramsey Solutions, I have found that this takes the form of what I call virtuous work. There’s a clear guide on how we operate this principle:

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

—1 Thessalonians 5:12–18 ESV

This passage may be nearly 2,000 years old, but it has clear instructions for how we live and work today:

To respect one another and to esteem each other highly because of our work.

We hear of team wins daily, and we celebrate them, whether they’re finally solving a complicated bug in our code, launching a new application, or finding a new optimization technique that helps reduce load time by a few milliseconds. In all of these, large and small, we congratulate each other for our accomplishments as a team.

To encourage one another.

As a team, we recognize that we all go through peaks and valleys. For all of the joy in success, challenges overcome, and problems solved, there is hardship when things don’t go quite as planned, when we make mistakes, and when there are disagreements. And yet, in all this, we encourage one another in love, patience and dedication.

To always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

Our team is a big family that looks out for each other, finding ways to lift one another up. We also love sharing stories of the impact our work is making in the world through lives changed, going to cheer for a Debt-Free Scream in our office lobby, or volunteering in our community.

To rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks.

Despite being a company of more than 900 team members (and rising), we meet once a week for an hour to hear a devotional by a pastor, speaker or musician. This helps remind us that we’re not in control, and it helps align our hearts back to a servant attitude. In this, we take the time to rejoice our accomplishments, pray over all we do, and give thanks for the blessings we’ve been given.

Does this virtuous work resonate with you? What are ways that you can practice these instructions for virtuous work where you are right now? Or are you interested in joining our team of virtuous workers? We have a number of open positions that might be waiting for you to fill them!